About Gabriel Vicéns
Gabriel Vicéns (1988) has quickly become a respected figure in the Puerto Rican jazz scene. He attended the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico and graduated Summa Cum Laude as the first jazz guitarist. In 2012, he completed his first solo album, Point In Time, which featured jazz legend Eddie Gómez, who describes Vicéns as a creative musician that displays a new vision on the guitar, and tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, and was critically acclaimed in multiple local and international magazines. He has recorded and played on stage with renowned musicians like Eddie Gómez, David Sánchez, Alex Sipiagin, Miguel Zenón, Luis Perdomo, Paoli Mejías, John Benítez and Henry Cole.
Vicéns has garnered much attention performing live at some of the most important jazz festivals in the country such as the Heineken Jazz Fest, Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico Jazz Festival and the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico Jazz Festival. He is also known as one of the best sideman guitarists in the Puerto Rican jazz scene, often playing with top groups like SM Quinteto, Jonathan Suazo Quintet and Henry Cole & The Afrobeat Collective.
From 2012 to 2015, Vicéns joined the faculty of the Music Department at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. During that time, he recorded his second solo album, Days, which he co-produced alongside jazz trumpet player Alex Sipiagin and released under Inner Circle Music. After focusing on private teaching at the University, Vicéns moved to New York City where he earned a Master's Degree in Jazz Performance from Queens College graduating Magna Cum Laude. He's currently working on his new project in NYC, blending the folklore music from the Caribbean with jazz and other genres.
"Guitarist-composer Gabriel Vicéns, a leading light of Puerto
Rico’s jazz scene, flaunts a modernist sensibility on his impressive debut as a leader"
Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times Magazine
"A rising jazz guitarist... Vicéns has provided a splendid recording that conveys a clear representation of his culture and individuality"
Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz
"Puerto Rican guitarist Gabriel Vicéns shows signs of being one of the new aces of mainstream guitar"
Mark Keresman, Jazz Inside Magazine
"A thoughtful improviser with a quiet tone who makes every note count"
Scott Yanow, Downbeat Magazine
"Gabriel Vicéns is an exceptional artist, with a shimmering sense of sonority and the ability to find a keen balance between poetry and intensity"
Raul Da Gama, Latin Jazz Network